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Old 24-03-2020, 10:31 PM
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Mercury with surface features, 17th March

This has been on the bucket list for a while, and the seeing was good enough last Wednesday morning. I've never seen surface features on Mercury before, but several showed up here in my IR image (left), compared to a planetarium view (right). The dark-ringed, bright centred basin Tolstoy is near the limb, and bright areas, Nureyev (crater), Qi Baishi (basin rim) and Caloris Planitia are all discernible. Not sure when I'll be this lucky again!



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Old 25-03-2020, 10:12 AM
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That's excellent Andy
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Old 25-03-2020, 11:05 AM
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Old 25-03-2020, 11:42 AM
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That's incredible. Details we see in there are sub arc seconds. How high was it high in the sky?
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Old 25-03-2020, 08:37 PM
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Top Class stuff,, Andy, extraordinary image, congratts !
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Old 26-03-2020, 02:23 PM
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Only amateur image of Mercury in aware of, really pushing the boundaries there Andy!
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Old 26-03-2020, 06:47 PM
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Thanks everyone! I've made an animated comparison map from the image, and compared my view to the Messenger map - the comparison is quite reasonably good even down to moderate scale

Marc, it was 27deg high, right on sunrise.
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Andy, this is an astonishing feat.
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Old 30-03-2020, 09:05 AM
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Thanks everyone! I've made an animated comparison map from the image, and compared my view to the Messenger map - the comparison is quite reasonably good even down to moderate scale

Marc, it was 27deg high, right on sunrise.
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